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Leith townhouses showcase adaptability of colony-style living

September 8 2020

Leith townhouses showcase adaptability of colony-style living

Housebuilder CALA has completed the first homes at its Waterfront Plaza development in Leith, Edinburgh, a collection of three-storey townhouses.

The industrial-inspired development has been led by EMA Architecture and Design with Blocc Interiors with an emphasis on flexible accommodation.

Ground floor areas can be utilised as a family room stretching to the full width of the house but can also be configured as an office, bedroom or hobby area. A formal lounge, kitchen and diner are located upstairs with juliet balconies and a south-facing terrace looking out across the docks.

Philip Hogg, Sales and Marketing Director with CALA Homes (East), said: “They are among our most adaptable homes on offer – and feel perfect for the setting at Waterfront Plaza, which is beginning to take shape as a thriving new community. With the tram network expansion well underway, it is set to provide another big boost to the area and those living here.”

The colony-style homes sit within a broader dockside development of apartments and houses.

Balconies make the most of dockside views
Balconies make the most of dockside views


#1 Posted by Daniel on 8 Sep 2020 at 13:03 PM
Given the price Cala stuff goes for, the dimensions of these always look SO measly in the renders.
#2 Posted by Peter on 8 Sep 2020 at 13:53 PM
It's ant colony, to be honest. These are absurdly microscopic in real life. Poor buyers, as if there were no place to build some decent sized flats, even by adding 2 or 3 storeys. Where does this scare of height comes from? It's industrial brownfield, go larger!
Sare Neck
#3 Posted by Sare Neck on 8 Sep 2020 at 14:34 PM
Some angle to be watching that telly at!
#4 Posted by lm on 8 Sep 2020 at 14:47 PM
Nothing to be proud off Cala. These are really tiny, even the ceiling light is tiny and I never watched TV from the side when sitting on a sofa.
#5 Posted by Zoltan on 8 Sep 2020 at 16:12 PM
No rooms more than 3.08m!! in width - that's what £0.5M gets you these days in Leith...Hopefully the buyers can see through this but given they're being snapped up off plan, I'm guessing there are going to be a few underwhelmed customers when they get their keys
#6 Posted by Recycler on 8 Sep 2020 at 20:32 PM
#5 as if any of the 'off plan buyers' would live in them! Rental slums the lot.
#7 Posted by Brandwagon on 9 Sep 2020 at 13:07 PM
God almighty these are poor....look at those balustrades!
Looks like a 1990s townhouse. So out of place next to the waterfront as evidenced in the 2nd pic.
Colonies my....
#8 Posted by Pleasantfield on 10 Sep 2020 at 15:31 PM
Never knew CALA did social housing!!! Lack of design, utterly basic and space standards tiny. A real shocker CALA. You should be ashamed Mr Hogg.
Walt Disney
#9 Posted by Walt Disney on 10 Sep 2020 at 17:21 PM
Property development 101.

Standard property size -
Sales price (market / RICS defined) = land cost + build cost + overheads + margin.

Bigger property size -
Sales price - stays the same, land cost - stays the same, build cost - increases, profit margin - decreases.

So....why build bigger properties when they will just sell for the same price? you'll sell less of them, your build cost goes up, your margin plummets and your share holders sack you.

#10 Posted by alibi on 12 Sep 2020 at 18:06 PM
The difference between new social and private sector housing is becoming ridiculous these days. And to be clear, it is social housing that's increasingly superior.

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